Q: Where is the Experience located? Where should I fly into?
- Experience festivities will be held between the towns of Meursault and Lyon, with most days close to the town of Meursault. More info on Getting to Burgundy is here.
Q: What exactly is included?
- Friday, June 22 – All Food and Wine for the welcome party
- Saturday, June 23 – All activities and surprises during our exploration of Lyon’s best eating spots, including an exclusive tour of Lyon by our local friend Sonia, food speciality sampling within Les Halles & at other surprise stops, tips on how to shop the market and pair local foods, and Lunch at a Bouchons (all pre-selected food and wine)
- Sunday, June 24 – Cooking Class and all Wine and Food prepared and served for the meal
- Monday, June 25 – Winery Tours, Winery Tastings, and Lunch in a Vineyard (all food and wine)
NOTE: If a participant decides to opt out of an activity, their fee will not be reduced. All instruction is in English.
Q: What is excluded?
- Airfare, Transportation & Lodging are not included. Great accommodation recommendations can be found here.
- Any items purchased by participants during our wine tastings or day in Lyon that is for personal consumption is not included. All Food and Wine for the group will be lovingly chosen by Francois & Lisa de Melogue.
Q: Will I need a car?
Yes, you will need to provide transportation for yourself to and from the experience locations (all activities held between the towns of Meursault and Lyon). You will just need to get yourself to the location where the festivities will be held, as they will be on-site or via public transportation until the end of the activity. TIP: Most cars are manual, so be sure to request automatic if needed! And no worries, you do drive on the same side of the road as we do in the USA.
Q: What should I expect from the weather when I’m there?
Average temps vary, from in the 60’s to low-80’s so be prepared as we will be enjoying some activities outside.
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?
This Experience is intended for adults; please find alternative arrangements for anyone under 21 yrs of age.
Q: What level of cooking expertise is required?
The entire experience is suitable for both beginners and experienced cooks.
Q: When does the Experience begin?
Friday at 7pm for the welcome reception.
Q: When does the Experience end?
Monday around 4pm after lunch.
Q: What is the smoking policy?
Smoking is not permitted during any part of the Experience.
Q: What are the payment options?
Most people prefer to use our secure online payment by credit or debit card. You can also pay by check or wire transfer. Please refer to payment options here.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
Please refer to our cancellation policy here.
Q: Can I bring my dog or young children to this Experience?
Dog lovers are welcome, but not your dogs; please make arrangements to leave them at your accommodation. The presence of children is discouraged because of the impact on the Experience.
Q: What languages are spoken?
All instruction is in English. As to the locals in the area, we have found that most do speak enough English to understand us. They are really just happy when people try to speak French. ALWAYS say Bonjour (hello) and Bonsoir (goodbye) in any establishment! Word Reference is a great app to have on-hand if needed for translation, as it actually provides context.
Q: What about health insurance in France?
Check with your specific insurance carrier, but typically your health insurance covers “urgent and emergency care”. Urgent means if left untreated could lead to hospitalization and Emergency is a 911 definition. So, strep throat would be covered but a doctor visit for a cold would not be. Generally you will need to pay for any service and bring receipts back and submit to your carrier for reimbursement. Be sure to check with your insurance carrier before leaving!
Q: What is the best option for using my phone in France?
There are a few options to consider with using your existing phone vs. getting a temporary phone while in France. Most carriers have an international plan that includes a set amount of data, messaging and minutes. Always connect to WIFI when you can to avoid extra data charges, as those can add up fast! Read this article for more detailed suggestions/explanations of phone options: https://www.tripsavvy.com/cell-phone-in-france-information-1516776 .The app ‘WhatsApp’ is great and FREE to message and call anyone around the world. The only downside is that you have to be on WIFI in order for calls to work. https://www.whatsapp.com/